|1999 Topps Stadium Club #41 Deivi Cruz (& Bill Ripken)|
When I first saw this card, I wondered, "man, who is that at second base?" It looks a little like...yep. Billy Ripken. Perhaps I'm more attuned to it now that I live in Baltimore, where Bill makes the occasional appearance on the radio (where he is quite entertaining, by the way). But I think it's because he has also become a semi-regular on the MLB network during their Baseball Tonight-style show. Anyway, a quick search revealed what I already knew. Bill Ripken was on the Tigers briefly in 1998 and that he wore #14. Check.
But this card is important for another reason. For all intents and purposes, there are only 2 cards of Billy Ripken in a Tigers Uniform: He's in 1998 Ultra and 1998 Pacific, and I don't have either card. Well friends (and Ripken family collectors--you've got to be out there somewhere) now you've got another one to chase. This rather nice Stadium Club card of Deivi Cruz features Bill as well.